Athenian Democracy: Solon and Cleisthenes


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After the Bronze Age collapse, most city-states in ancient Greece were governed by _____.

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1. In ancient Greek political thought, how is a classical tyrant different from a king?

2. How did poor people in Athens manage to get a loan around 590 BCE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ancient Greece experienced several political systems before achieving democracy. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the events and the key historical figures that created change.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be tested on:

  • Economic and political conditions in ancient Greece
  • Solon's role in bringing democracy to Athens
  • Cleisthenes' role in reforming Athens

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - monarchy, oligarchy, and horos
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on how Solon and Cleisthenes reformed Athens
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding political changes and reform in ancient Greece
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Solon and Cleisthenes, and their roles in creating democracy

Additional Learning

Learn how Solon and Cleisthenes transformed political practices in ancient Greece to bring democracy to Athens. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The difference between a monarchy and an oligarchy
  • Political systems in ancient Greece
  • The role of tyrants in ancient Greek politics
  • Methods used by Solon to introduce democracy
  • The reform of Athens by Cleisthenes